69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Get a taste of the best of the 2013/2014 Woodford Folk Festival with a Canadian showcase that takes in blues, gospel, folk, old-timey fiddle music, and slippery spoken word and jazz from Kim Wempe (Nova Scotia) Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (Prince Edward Island), Mo Kenny (Nova Scotia), CR Avery and The Sojourners (British Columbia).
A powerful performer with smoky vocals and an undeniable stage presence, Kim Wempe (Nova Scotia) has been tearing up highways and stomping her way across every stage in Canada for the past three years. On the heels of her 2010 ECMA win and a 2011 ECMA nomination, her new album ‘Coalition’ (due Sept. 3) is roots-tinged pop/blues influenced by Americana storytelling and gospel melodies, in which Wempe’s voice pulls the weight of every song like an unstoppable train.
Prince Edward Island’s award-winning 4-piece yank Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys yank you out of your seat by the collar. Gordie ‘Crazy Legs’ MacKeeman’s thrilling dance style and supernatural fiddlin’ meets Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes to result in an old-timey bluegrass meltdown.
Having influences and inspirations drawn from classic and alt-rock artists rather than the traditional singer-songwriter pantheon helps account for the bracing freshness of Mo Kenney’s style. Fitting her sound into a neat box is an exercise in futility, though, if pressed, Mo can settle for “pop music with a folky twist.” She has played the prestigious Iceland Airwaves, The Great Escape and Green Man Festival in the UK; won the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize; a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year; and three Music Nova Scotia awards for Pop Recording, New Artist Recording, and Female Artist Recording of the Year.
Formative years spent singing in the churches give the Sojourners (from Ralls, Texas, Alexandria, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan respectively) an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel – blessed with a soul that can’t be faked. British Columbia-based outfit The Sojourners are a rock solid unit and proof positive that faith can move mountains. Sinner or saved – wherever you are on your own personal journey, you should listen to The Sojourners. You’ll feel better for it.
Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, Vancouver-based C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist.